There are plenty of “Biblical” or “Christian” movies lately. Noah, God’s not Dead, Heaven is for Real… There are many reviews and opinions posted as Christian point of view – some good, some bad.
Many of the Facebook friends recommend or criticize these films. The major arguments are – this part is scripture; that part is not.
What do they mean? When someone says, “This is scriptural”, what he/she means is “this is the way how I would interpret the Bible.”
“This is not scriptural” actually means “This is not how I see it according to my understanding of the Bible.”
In any adaptation from any book into a movie, the storyteller needs to modify some parts of the story in order to fit the surroundings. It may not fit how some readers’ ideas of the events. It may even have to modify the story. It is the nature of storytelling.
Individual’s life experience has an effect how someone interpret an event. How we interpret an event should be our own. Why should we judge another person’s personal feelings or experience in a dream or near death experience? When we read a story, we react differently because we are individuals. One may call a particular elucidation scriptural; another person may call it heresy.
It is a movie. Do we have to take it so seriously?